2013 Animal Law Conference Agenda

Friday, October 25, 2013

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The conference will begin with an evening welcome reception on Friday, October 25th at the Stanford Park Hotel (100 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025). The conference panel sessions commence the following day, Saturday, October 26th, at Paul Brest Hall, in Munger Hall 4 (555 Salvatierra Way, Stanford, CA 94305), located directly behind Stanford Law School. Outspoken animal advocate, award-winning television journalist, and bestselling author Jane Velez-Mitchell will be the keynote speaker for the 2013 Animal Law Conference during the Saturday banquet dinner. All panel sessions on Sunday, October 27th will take place at Stanford Law School (559 Nathan Abbott Way, Stanford, CA 94305).

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6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Reception and Welcome at the Stanford Park Hotel
(100 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025)

We invite you to enjoy appetizers and drinks while networking with fellow conference attendees.

Welcome to Stanford
M. Elizabeth Magill, Richard E. Lang professor of law and Dean, Stanford Law School

Welcome to the Animal Law Conference
Stephen Wells, executive director, Animal Legal Defense Fund

The Development of Animal Law in Academia
Robert Klonoff, dean and professor of law, Lewis & Clark Law School
Introductions by Jeff Pierce, litigation fellow, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Saturday October 26, 2013

All panel sessions on Saturday will take place in Paul Brest Hall in Munger Building 4 at Stanford University. Continental Breakfast will be available outside of Paul Brest Hall from 7:30-9:15 a.m. Click here to view a map of conference locations on campus.

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. SALDF Breakfast
The SALDF breakfast allows students from around the country who are interested in animal law to meet, share ideas and information, and build stronger SALDF programs over coffee and vegan baked goods.

Pamela Hart, director, Animal Law Program, Animal Legal Defense Fund
Tom Linney, pro bono coordinator, Animal Law Program, Animal Legal Defense Fund
Dr. Nicole Pallotta, student programs coordinator, Animal Law Program, Animal Legal Defense Fund
Kelly Levenda, fellow, Animal Law Program, Animal Legal Defense Fund

9:10 – 11:00 a.m. Working Together to Reform Factory Farming
Factory farming has negative impacts on animal protection, the environment, human health, farm workers, and farming communities. There are common themes that serve to unite attorneys working to protect animals, humans and the environment. This panel of legal experts will explore ways in which we can work together to confront climate change, mass abuse of animals, destruction of rainforests, damages to air quality and waterways, exploitation of farm and slaughterhouse workers and human health issues growing out of factory farming. The goal is to launch legal initiatives to support our common vision of a healthy and just planet for all inhabitants.

Kathy Hessler, director and clinical professor of law, Lewis & Clark Law School
Deborah Sivas, Luke W. Cole Professor of Environmental Law; director, Environmental Law Clinic, Stanford Law School
Jen Sorenson, attorney, Litigation Team, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Joyce Tischler, founder and general counsel, Animal Legal Defense Fund
Moderator: David Cassuto, professor of law, Pace Law School

11:00 – 11:15 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Finding New Ways to Protect Animals: Civil Legislative Solutions for Criminal Acts

Criminal statutes prohibiting animal cruelty are only as effective as the prosecutors who choose to enforce them. Even the most enthusiastic prosecutor may be constrained by limited resources, political pressures, and evidentiary hurdles. Some states offer a solution: giving citizens the power of civil enforcement. Judges in these states can grant preliminary and permanent injunctions and determine the animal’s care and custody. In this panel we will discuss which states have this sort of legislation, looking closely at a recent application of North Carolina’s Section 19A, and consider how to create a nationwide trend of allowing civil injunction to stop animal cruelty.

Scott Heiser, director, Criminal Justice Program, Animal Legal Defense Fund
Gavin Parsons, partner, Troutman Sanders LLP
Moderator: Jenni James, litigation fellow, Animal Legal Defense Fund

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch
Stanford Faculty Club


1:30 – 2:15 p.m. Demystifying Jury Selection: The Right Tools for the Job

Jury selection is often the weak part of a courtroom lawyer’s game — certainly one of the most anxiety-producing tasks as counsel gets closer to the trial date. Noted trial consultant Rich Matthews says that not only should jury selection not be feared, it must be embraced in order for lawyers to do their best. He will discuss the best tools and techniques for jury selection, promising that lawyers will feel more confident going into their next trial. Rich invites everyone to follow his Juryology blog as a resource for jury persuasion and techniques.

Richard P. Matthews, senior trial consultant, Juryology – Trial Consulting & Jury Studies
Moderator: Scott Heiser, director, Criminal Justice Program, Animal Legal Defense Fund

2:15 – 2:30 p.m. Break

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Current Cases and Legislation: What’s Hot?
The field of animal law is developing at a blazing speed, and it can be hard to stay on top of the latest, and most important developments. But, not to worry. Animal Legal Defense Fund litigation and legislation experts are here to share with you the most important and exciting recent state and federal animal law developments and how they may impact your practice and the future direction of the field.

Carter Dillard, director of litigation, Animal Legal Defense Fund
Chris Green, director of legislative affairs, Animal Legal Defense Fund
Moderator: Sarah Luick, board chair, Animal Legal Defense Fund

3:30 – 3:45 p.m. Break

3:45 – 5:00 p.m. You Want Me to Eat What? Learn How Business is Trending to Meat Alternatives
Test-tube hamburgers are making headlines, and supporters from Biz Stone to Bill Gates have backed high-tech alternatives to animal products as foods for a new, more sustainable generation. What is “faux meat,” and is anyone buying? This panel will also explore the opportunities and potential challenges that exist within the current legislative and regulatory environment as plant-based alternatives to the products of factory farms hit the mainstream.

David Benzaquen, founder and CEO, PlantBased Solutions
Dr. Patrick Brown, professor of biochemistry, Stanford School of Medicine; member, Stanford Cancer Institute
Josh Tetrick, CEO, Hampton Creek Foods
Moderator: Lisa Franzetta, director of communications, Animal Legal Defense Fund

5:30 – 9:00 p.m. Banquet Dinner, Awards Ceremony and Keynote Address
Stanford Faculty Club

5:45 p.m. Dinner Begins

6:45 p.m. Awards Ceremony

The Animal Legal Defense Fund will present the 2013 Advancement in Animal Law Pro Bono Achievement Awards. Awards will also be presented for: Animal Law Leadership and Student Animal Legal Defense Fund Chapter of the Year.

Awards Presenters:

Pamela Frasch, assistant dean, Animal Law Program; executive director, Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School
Pamela Hart, director, Animal Law Program, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Attorney Award Recipients

Virginia Coleman
Ropes & Gray LLP

Anthony Eliseuson
Dentons US LLP

Zachary Golden
Ropes & Gray LLP

Erik Ideta
Troutman Sanders LLP

Alison Langlais
Proskauer Rose LLP

Jessica Rostoker
Latham & Watkins LLP

David Zaft
Caldwell Leslie & Proctor, PC

Law Firm Award Recipients

Bingham McCutchen LLP

Fenwick & West LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

HendlerLaw

Irell & Manella LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

Moye White LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP

7:15 – 8:15 p.m. Keynote Address by Jane Velez-Mitchell, television journalist; author

Introduction by Pamela Frasch, assistant dean, Animal Law Program; executive director, Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School

Sunday, October 27, 2013

All panel sessions on Sunday will take place at Stanford Law School, in Rooms 190 & 290. Continental Breakfast will be available in the Crocker Garden, behind the law school, from 7:30-9:15 a.m.

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Ethics and Animal Issues – Room 190
Through a series of hypothetical scenarios, animal law expert Russ Mead and ethics professor Steve Johansen will explore some of the most challenging ethical dilemmas animal law attorneys face in both practice and volunteer positions. This interactive session will examine difficult situations and how to handle them effectively while adhering to the Model Code of Professional Responsibility. Attendees will receive ethics CLE credits for this session.

Russ Mead, general counsel, Animal Law Coalition
Steve Johansen, professor of law, Lewis & Clark Law School
Moderator: Kathy Hessler, director and clinical professor of law, Lewis & Clark Law School

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Careers in Animal Law Breakfast – Room 290
Creative Employment Opportunities: What are the paths taken by law students and lawyers to secure rewarding careers in animal law? What can students do while still in law school to increase their chances of landing an animal law job? Viewed from various sectors, learn what works from this panel of legal experts.

Jenni James, litigation fellow, Animal Legal Defense Fund
Nicole Roth, contract attorney, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe; board member, Animal Legal Defense Fund
Meena Alagappan, executive director, Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers (HEART)
Tom Linney, pro bono coordinator, Animal Law Program, Animal Legal Defense Fund
Moderator: Pamela Hart, director, Animal Law Program, Animal Legal Defense Fund

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Break

9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Working on an International Level to Replace, Reduce, Refine the Use of Animals in Research and Testing: Where Do We Go From Here? – Room 190

Which countries are the most progressive and which are the least progressive when it comes to using animals in research? What can we, as legal professionals, do to help reduce and replace the use of animals in research and testing abroad while we live in the U.S.? This panel will explore animal testing in Europe, South America, and Asia, with a particular focus on the 2013 EU Cosmetic Directive, Horizon 2020, international legal limitations, harmonization challenges, and what the U.S.-based advocate can do to assist in changing the research paradigm that will help animals.

David Cassuto, professor of law, Pace Law School
Pamela Frasch, assistant dean, Animal Law Program; executive director, Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School
Dr. Paul Locke, associate professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Moderator: Pamela Frasch, assistant dean, Animal Law Program; executive director, Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School

9:15 – 10:15 a.m. What Are Our Ethical Duties to Wildlife? – Room 290
The past few years have marked a shift in human perception of wildlife, with many accepting that wildlife ought to be free to live independent of humans. Yet, this sentiment has not been reflected in our legal system. This panel takes an ethical/rights approach to wildlife, as opposed to the traditional hunting/conservation/management course. It is a discussion of wildlife within a “rights” paradigm, focusing on what rights wildlife ought to have and what laws should be created in our courts, legislature and/or federal agencies to allow for these rights to be recognized and enforced.

David Favre, professor of law & The Nancy Heathcote Professor of Property and Animal Law, Michigan State University College of Law; editor-in-chief, Animal Legal & Historical Center
Paul Waldau, lead faculty member, Anthrozoology graduate program, Canisius College; president, Religion and Animals Institute
Moderator: Amy Jesse, 2L, Lewis & Clark Law School

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. Break

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. The Intersection of Animal Law, Race, Culture and Gender – Room 190
Critical race theory and postcolonial feminism have highlighted how our identities form at the intersections of a multitude of social and biological factors, including race, class, culture, sexuality, gender, ability, and species. An intersectional analysis of oppression insists on highlighting how these factors interact to create and contest existing distributions of social and political power, including exploitation of animals. How can an intersectional approach to animal law enrich our analysis of exploitation and foster more effective coalitional advocacy? Professor Deckha and Professor Kim will discuss theories of intersectionality and apply them to topical issues in animal law, including the movement for animal personhood, campaigns against live animal markets, and the Michael Vick dogfighting case.

Claire Jean Kim, associate professor of political science, School of Social Sciences, University of California – Irvine
Maneesha Deckha, associate professor, University of Victoria Faculty of Law
Moderator: Matthew Liebman, senior staff attorney, Animal Legal Defense Fund

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Gene modification: Ethical Implications of Using Animals and Humans to Experiment On – Room 290
Genetic engineering of animals has increased significantly in recent years, and the use of this technology brings with it ethical issues, some of which relate to animal welfare and some of which relates to whether non-human animals should be used at all. As a result of the extra challenges that genetically engineered animals bring, are governing bodies developing relevant regulations and policies that call for increased vigilance and monitoring of potential animal welfare impacts? If not, why not, and if so, how effective are those regulations and policies, and how can they be improved? What is the role of the animal law community in this process and are there available legal challenges?

Dr. Taimie Bryant, professor of law, UCLA School of Law
Patty Lovera, assistant director, Food & Water Watch
Moderator: Taylor Duty, 3L, Lewis & Clark Law School

11:30 – 11:45 a.m. Break

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. The Police Shot My Dog – Room 190
There is an increased concern and awareness about the encounters law enforcement agents have with dogs that result in officers shooting and fatally wounding the dog. Dog owners have recently been successful in landmark cases and have been awarded substantial monetary damages based on federal civil rights violations. Police officers may also be facing criminal sanctions. Law enforcement authorities recognize that they need to provide training and strategic plans for their officers regarding dog encounters. They need to become educated about the alternatives to the use of lethal force. This involves both education and accountability. This panel will discuss the legal precedents and the training and directives evolving within the law enforcement community.

Scott Sargent, Captain II, Use of Force Division, The Los Angeles Police Department
Karen Snell, Civil Rights attorney
Moderator: Diane Balkin, contract attorney, Criminal Justice Program, Animal Legal Defense Fund

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Ag gag: Litigation, Legislation and Other Approaches to Countering This Trend – Room 290

In the last few years, legislators in states across the country have introduced dozens of bills to criminalize undercover investigations at factory farms and slaughterhouses. These “ag gag” bills are the meat, egg, and dairy industries’ response to a plethora of exposés by animal protection organizations that have revealed gruesome animal cruelty and routine industry practices that cause immense animal suffering. In most instances, the animal protection movement has rallied to defeat these “ag gag” bills, but such laws are now on the books in six states. Earlier this year, the Animal Legal Defense Fund and People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals filed a federal lawsuit to have Utah’s ag gag law declared unconstitutional, the first lawsuit of its kind. This panel will feature two of the lead attorneys on the case, who will discuss the constitutionality of ag gag laws and provide updates on the case.

Justin Marceau, associate professor, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law
Matthew Liebman, senior staff attorney, Animal Legal Defense Fund
Moderator: Nicole Roth, contract attorney, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe; board member, Animal Legal Defense Fund

12:45 – 1:00 p.m. Closing Remarks - Room 190 & 290


Stephen Wells, executive director, Animal Legal Defense Fund


Pamela Frasch, assistant dean, Animal Law Program; executive director, Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School

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